Top Gun director Tony Scott has died in an apparent suicide. He was 68.

The Los Angeles coroner states that Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beach, California on Sunday. His body was recovered from the water four hours later.

Scott, who is the brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, is famous for his hit action movies, including Tom Cruise classic Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, and the Enemy of the State.

He recently announced plans for a sequel to the Air Force movie. Scott's other projects include Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide and Unstoppable.

An array of Hollywood stars took to to pay tribute to the filmmaker.

Fellow director and producer Ron Howard writes, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day", and actor Elijah Wood adds, "Awful news about Tony Scott. Rest in peace."

The Good Wife star Josh Charles writes, "I'm deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Tony Scott's death and my thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight."

The Lord of the Rings actor Dominic Monaghan quoted Scott's movie Beverly Hills Cop II, writing, "'I didn't... understand what you said' - my favorite moment from Beverly Hills Cop", and actress/model Elizabeth Hurley adds, "What unbelievably sad news about Tony Scott. Such a talented film maker. I went rock climbing with him once & he was enormous fun. RIP."